Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A Work in Progress

There comes, in every project, a point when you look at the chaos surrounding you and say, “What on earth am I doing?!?” Your new work is not yet fully shaped and the shards of the past are all around you. Vision trembles, if it does not fail altogether. Like Sam Gamgee, if you take one more step you will have crossed from the fields that you know into a new and wider country.

I think it takes more courage to take that next step than it did to leave your doorstep in the first place. Our landlord came by today, asking if we are ever going to open up again. We assured him that yes, we certainly are, another week later than we originally thought. We hung the three way mirror today, and the triangle looms are on their hanger now. We’ve got the wall painted and we’ve moved the finishing table. But there are still pockets of uncleared areas all over the shop. They are smaller, but they are still daunting. We are tired of working so hard every day and getting “so little” done.

And yet… and yet, a friend came by this afternoon that hadn’t seen the shop since we got well and truly started on it. She was thrilled with all our progress! She loves the new color on the wall. She loves the door (which still needs a bit of touching up). She loves the new mirror. She loves the new lattice work that separates the house from the shop and creates a barrier to ban the cats from the customers.

Bless her! I think without her encouragement at just that precise moment, I might have just thrown my hands up and said, “We will never finish this!”

We have had so much wonderful help with this huge project. Tori and Donna, two of my students; Terri, Claudia and Linda who’ve had so much input; Naomi, who has given so freely of her twenty years of retail experience; my wonderful sister Nora; Carl and Rena and Amanda who have all worked so hard to get us up and running again. It isn’t just their hard work that has kept us at this exciting task. It is their belief in our vision that sustains us. The encouragement and confidence they and others, like my dear friend Kip, have shown us buoys us up and carries us forward when we feel weak.

We will open on Saturday, May 23rd. Of that I no longer have any doubt.

“A body of work never ceases. It deepens and broadens with every day of effort, but it is never done [and we] try harder, to dig deeper, to discover gifts we never knew we had – to find the greatness that lies within each of us… Don’t stop adding to your body of work because it is never complete… That is what building a body of work is all about – it's about the daily labor, the many individual acts, the choices large and small that add up to a lasting legacy.” – paraphrased from President Barack Obama’s Commencement Speech to Arizona State University, May 13, 2009

1 comment:

  1. chantilly lovelaceMay 19, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    I've been wanting to take a return trip to Tres Hermanas for spinning fiber--you blog post has given me the time frame of when they'll be open again.